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46 Songs About Heroes and Superheroes

Updated on August 26, 2017
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FlourishAnyway believes there is a playlist for just about any situation and is on a mission to unite and entertain the world through song.

Celebrate the heroes in your life with a customized playlist of pop, rock and country tunes.
Celebrate the heroes in your life with a customized playlist of pop, rock and country tunes. | Source

Not Every Hero Wears A Cape

The heroes in my life have never worn a cape. They don't have x-ray vision, fly invisible planes, or leap tall buildings in a single bound. They are ordinary people whose commitment, compassion and service to others serve as an exemplar of humanity at its finest.

My heroes have been

  • the teachers who challenged and inspired me
  • my parents who nurtured and sacrificed for me and
  • strangers who offered a much needed helping hand in times of crisis.

Never underestimate the impact that your kindness has on another human being, even if they don't have presence of mind at the time to thank you.

If you have heroes in your life, then why not take the time to thank them? And while you're at it, celebrate them with a custom playlist. We've got a long list of pop, rock, and country hits to get you started.

1. "One Call Away" by Charlie Puth

The narrator in this 2015 hit reminds the woman he cares about that when she's feeling like a damsel in distress, all she needs to do is summon him for help. He wants to lift her spirits and set her free:

I'm only one call away
I'll be there to save the day
Superman got nothing on me
I'm only one call away.

Tell us about about your hero in the Comments Section below.

2. "Hero" by Enrique Iglesias

This is a romantic, soul-wrenching 2001 song that asks just how far you would go for your beloved. The protagonist then promises

I can be your hero baby
I can kiss away the pain
I will stand by you forever
You can take my breath away.

The song was released just eight days before the 9/11 attacks and became one of the few songs chosen to be remixed with commentary from politicians as well as audio from firefighters, police, and civilians at Ground Zero.

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3. "Holding Out for a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler

In this supercharged, uptempo hit from 1984, the narrator fantasizes that a superhero will come along instead of the regular men she meets. However, she has a number of requirements: "He's gotta be strong, he's gotta be fast, and he's gotta be fresh from the fight." Wanting someone larger than life to sweep her off her feet, she refuses to settle for just any man.

4. "Hero" by Mariah Carey

You may feel broken and tentative. You may have lost hope. But if you dig deep, you will discover that a hero lies deep within.

So says this encouraging 1993 hit, beautifully sung by diva Mariah Carey. Even if no one else reaches out to lift you up, you have the strength within to fly solo. So step up to your challenges and realize what you're worth!

I am not saying I am Wonder Woman.  I am just saying no one has ever seen me and Wonder Woman in the same room.
I am not saying I am Wonder Woman. I am just saying no one has ever seen me and Wonder Woman in the same room. | Source

5. "Heroes" by David Bowie

This 1977 song became a signature song for David Bowie, and it alludes to two lovers embracing by the Berlin Wall, one from East Berlin and one from West Berlin. Although the couple is being separated by a force they cannot control, they yearn to be free, together.

6. "Heroes and Friends" by Randy Travis

According to this 1990 country hit, there are only two things that last a lifetime: heroes and friends. Heroes teach us to find the good in ourselves while friends stay loyal and offer us support.

7. "Superman (It's Not Easy)" by Five For Fighting

The message behind this 2001 song is that heroes are not indestructible. Superman is this song's narrator, and he describes a dislike of flying and the desire to dream. He also refers to his cape as "silly." Sounds like a superhero identity complex to me.

8. "Heroes" by Paul Overstreet

Mothers who rock their crying babies and fathers who work hard for their families are just two examples of ordinary heroes. According to this 1991 song, heroes don't always wear uniforms or make the news headlines:

'Cause you know heroes come in every shape and size
Making special sacrifices for others in her lives
No one gives them medals, the world don't know their names
But in someone's eyes, they're heroes just the same.

9. "(We Could Be) Heroes" by Alesso, featuring Tove Lo

This is an inspiring 2014 song that motivates us to consider the heroic potential that exists within each of us "with love and a little light." Anyone has the power if they understand the greatness that is possible.

10. "Waiting for Superman" by Daughtry

The woman in this 2013 song is waiting for her hero to come rescue her. However, she's been locked in her apartment for 100 days and so far he hasn't shown up. She keeps making excuses for him. While she waits, she must find her own source of strength.

Heroes don't always wear capes.
Heroes don't always wear capes. | Source

11. "I Would Die 4U" by Prince and the Revolution

This 1984 hit is about someone who promises that they would make the ultimate sacrifice for someone they love. Many people claim that the song is about Jesus, as there is a lyric that references "I'm your messiah, and you're the reason why." Despite being known for racy songs throughout his career, the singer was a conservative Christian.

12. "Superheroes" by The Script

According to this stirring 2014 song, superheroes are born of strife and struggle. They turn their pain into power:

'Cause he's stronger than you know
A heart of steel starts to grow.

13. "She's Somebody's Hero" by Jamie O'Neal

This sentimental 2005 country song reminds us that heroes come in all kinds of packages. Mothers are often overlooked for their heroic commitment to their children.

They bandage skinned knees, read bedtime stories, and shuttle kids from one activity to the next. They encourage and uplift, giving us the strength to fly on our own. And then, hopefully, we return their care and commitment when they need it.

"The ordinary hero hiding in each of us is often the most powerful catalyst for change." - Tate Taylor, American actor
"The ordinary hero hiding in each of us is often the most powerful catalyst for change." - Tate Taylor, American actor | Source

14. "We Don't Need Another Hero" by Tina Turner

The powerful vocals in this 1985 song advocate love, compassion and making a united contribution for a better world tomorrow. The Grammy-nominated song was featured in the movie, "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome."

"A hero is somebody who  voluntarily walks into the unknown." - Tom Hanks, American actor
"A hero is somebody who voluntarily walks into the unknown." - Tom Hanks, American actor | Source

15. "I'll Be There" by Mariah Carey

This 1990 hit was originally recorded by the Jackson 5, but Mariah Carey soars in her performance of it. The song refers to a pact to be mutually accountable to one another, with the narrator promising that all her friend has to do is call and she'll be there. She will protect, comfort and build up her friend in a blanket of love. If that's not a hero, then what is?

16. "Everyday Superhero" by Smash Mouth

According to this 2006 song, even heroes can feel self-doubt. Sung from the perspective of an ordinary superhero just trying to save the world, he's feeling the pressure of his role. He explains that it's difficult when everyone looks up to you. This superhero is just trying to save the world, so just leave him alone and let him just do his thing. No pressure, right?

17. "My Hero" by The Foo Fighters

The media often highlights athletes, business tycoons, and Hollywood creatives as heroes, but this 1998 alternative rock song pays homage to the heroes among us. They're the nurses, EMTs, firefighters, teachers, parents, and community volunteers. It's a thoughtful tribute to all of the heroes in our lives who don't make headlines but make our lives better.

18. "Kryptonite" by 3 Doors Down

The superhero in this 1999 song sees himself as "just your average ordinary everyday superhero trying to save the world ... nothing more than that, that's all I really am." Even though he has superpowers and wears spandex, he's just like everyone else in that he just wants to be accepted.

"A hero is someone we can admire without apology." Kitty Kelley, American author
"A hero is someone we can admire without apology." Kitty Kelley, American author | Source

19. "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler

For everyone who enjoys the limelight, there are the unsung heroes who supported their path to fame and fortune. This1988 song pays homage to the heroes in our lives who stay in the shadows, content to allow us to bask in the glory and let us shine. Consider this song the ultimate "thank you" to the unsung heroes who fueled your dreams — teachers, parents, mentors, spouses, and dear friends.

20. "Immortals" by Fallout Boy

In this 2015 song, the narrator invites his partner to spend an eternity with him; the time that they share is their eternity.

He tells her that he'll always look out for her and will pull her back onto the right path if he sees her drifting. Everyone seeks immortality, and even if you don't achieve it, it's a laudable goal worth fighting for.

"We are the hero of our own story." - Mary McCarthy, American novelist
"We are the hero of our own story." - Mary McCarthy, American novelist | Source

Even More Songs About Heroes

Song
Artist
Year Released
21. Superman Tonight
Bon Jovi
2009
22. Every Day
Rascal Flatts
2007
23. Jukebox Hero
Foreigner
1981
24. My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
Willie Nelson
1979
25. Kill Your Heroes
AWOLNATION
2011
26. Superhero
Simon Curtis
2011
27. Waitin' for a Superman
The Flaming Lips`
1999
28. Hero
Chad Kroeger featuring Josie Scott
2002
29. Hero
Jessie J
2013
30. Working Class Hero
Green Day
2007
31. Hero in Your Own Hometown
Mary Chapin Carpenter
1996
32. Flash
Queen
1980
33. Superman's Song
Crash Test Dummies
1991
34. (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman
The Kinks
1979
35. Ballad of the Green Berets
Sgt. Barry Sadler
1966
36. Greatest American Hero
Joey Scarbury
1981
37. Rock 'N' Roll Hero
Meatloaf
1986
38. Batdance
Prince
1989
39. Where Have All Our Heroes Gone
Bill Anderson
1971
40. I Thought That He Walked On Water
Randy Travis
1990
41. Warrior
Kid Rock
2008
42. My Woman, My Woman, My Wife
Marty Robbins
1970
43. Superwoman
Karyn White
1988
44. Superman's Song
Crash Test Dummies
1991
45. Wonder Woman
Larissa Lam
2015
46. Hero
Skillet
2009
Know a song that should be on our Heroes Playlist? Suggest it in our Comments Section below!
"We can't all be heroes, because somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by." - Will Rogers, American cowboy
"We can't all be heroes, because somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by." - Will Rogers, American cowboy | Source

What's In A Name? Locations With Names Associated With Heroes

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A markerCourage, France -
Courage, 05300, France
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B markerDetermination Towers, Utah, USA -
Determination Towers, Sevenmile Rim Safari Rte, Utah, USA
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C markerDistress Creek, Arkansas, USA -
Distress Creek, Scott Township, AR, USA
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D markerLegend, Hungary -
Legénd, Hungary
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E markerNorth Hero, Vermont, USA -
North Hero, VT 05474, USA
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F markerPower County, Idaho, USA -
Power County, ID, USA
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G markerRescue Rock Mesa, Arizona, USA -
Rescue Rock Mesa, Arizona 86514, USA
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H markerStrong, Maine, USA -
Strong, ME 04983, USA
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I markerSuperman Square, Metropolis, Illinois -
Superman Square, Metropolis, IL 62960, USA
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J markerTriumph, Louisiana, USA -
Triumph, LA 70041, USA
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Are you a hero, wannabe, or sidekick?
Are you a hero, wannabe, or sidekick? | Source

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

      Grizz11 - Consider it added! Thanks for reading and taking the time to make a comment and suggestion.

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      Grizz11 3 weeks ago

      I think skillet hero should be on the list

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Thank you, Ryan! I hope you have a hero in your life and are serving as a hero for others as well. We never know whose eyes are looking to you as a role model!

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      Fullerman5000 2 months ago

      Great list of songs. I was definitely happy to see My Hero by the Foo Fighters and Kryptonite by 3 doors down. Did not realize how many more songs are out there about heroes. Fun article.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Cali C - I listened to it and love it! Adding it as #45. Thank you for the suggestion.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      watermelon - You might want to get back to studying then, eh?

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      i like watermelooooon 2 months ago

      this was kind of helpful but then i realised im not even studying heros and im just sad because i dont have any chips left and i need to study but im sade because my pet grape died

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      FlourishAnyway 12 months ago from USA

      Sha - It's a lovely song. We are all important to someone, and I hope we treat one another more kindly with a broader understanding that each of us exists within a network of people who love and depend upon us, look up to us for inspiration and support.

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      Shauna L Bowling 12 months ago from Central Florida

      The song and video by Jamie O'Neal had me in tears. Beautiful song!

      We don't realize what an impact we have on people's lives. I think there are more heroes on this earth than not.

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      FlourishAnyway 13 months ago from USA

      norlawrence - I appreciate you stopping by!

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      norlawrence 13 months ago

      Very good. Thank you.

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      FlourishAnyway 13 months ago from USA

      teaches12345 - Thank you for stopping by! A good teacher is priceless!

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      teaches12345 13 months ago

      I enjoyed this look at super heroes. True, many do not wear capes but they are heroes still.

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      FlourishAnyway 14 months ago from USA

      Dora - Thank you for taking the time to stop by. I totally agree with you. Yours is smiling down on you. You are a hero, too, for the kind and loving care that you took of her.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 14 months ago from The Caribbean

      Mothers and grandmothers as heroes are the most appealing to me. They don't wear capes; they wear invisible crowns. Great song list as usual.

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      FlourishAnyway 14 months ago from USA

      Patricia - I'm glad you enjoyed the playlist and that it was close to your heart, reminding you of your dear grandson. Blessings to you all.

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      Patricia Scott 14 months ago from sunny Florida

      flourish this is very close to my heart....with Heston Wayne being touched by superheroes we are all 'heroes' for him and to him right now And the really lovely thing is....HE is our hero.

      Angels are once again on the way to you ps

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      FlourishAnyway 14 months ago from USA

      Linda - I'm glad I included one of your favorites! Have a wonderful weekend, and thanks for stopping by!

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      FlourishAnyway 14 months ago from USA

      Thanks, Larry!

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      Linda Lum 14 months ago from Washington State, USA

      When I read the title of this hub, I wondered if you would include the Foo Fighters song. ...of course you did! You never disappoint. Another great, uplifting hub. As you said, true heroes don't announce themselves with capes and silver bracelets. They walk among us every day.

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      Larry Rankin 14 months ago from Oklahoma

      Another wonderful list.

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      FlourishAnyway 14 months ago from USA

      Heidi - How awesome that you are a lucky concert goer able to see the real deal! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

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      FlourishAnyway 14 months ago from USA

      Devika - What a wonderful comment. Glad you enjoyed it. Have a lovely weekend!

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      Heidi Thorne 14 months ago from Chicago Area

      Another great playlist... as usual. BTW, I just saw Three Doors Down live a few weeks ago and, of course, they did Kryptonite. Keep the hits going, girl!

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      Devika Primić 14 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You surprised me with this hub! A lovely idea and HERO is my best by Enrique Iglesias.

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      FlourishAnyway 14 months ago from USA

      Shyron - What a wonderful grandmother you had! Not everyone is so lucky. Thanks for the suggestion, too. I wil add it! Have a wonderful day!

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      FlourishAnyway 14 months ago from USA

      John - I'm so happy you enjoyed it this much! Some of my favorites are on here, too! Have a great day!

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      FlourishAnyway 14 months ago from USA

      Bill - Glad you enjoyed it! Have a super day, super writer.

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      FlourishAnyway 14 months ago from USA

      Frank - A big thank you to you.

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      FlourishAnyway 14 months ago from USA

      Peggy - Thank you for your kind kudos. I have a moderator (probably a newbie) who insists on snipping my listings on towns and cities as irrelevant, but I consider them fun and a little different. I'm glad you like that feature! Thanks for your support!

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      What a super collection of songs here, Flourish. It is impossible to even pick my favourites, though "Hero" by Enrique Iglesias and the one by Mariah Carey would be up there, and "Superman by Five4Fighting, and well..so many more...love this hub.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      #7 is one of my all-time favorites. I'm glad it's on the list.....another good one, my friend. Thanks for the playlist.

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      Frank Atanacio 14 months ago from Shelton

      Again I am so entertained by your music hubs.. bravo Flourish...:) Frank

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      Shyron E Shenko 14 months ago from Texas

      Flourish, this is another great musical tribute to the heroes of our world.

      My grandmother was a hero to all her grandchildren, she raised 5 children, 6 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.

      My grandfather lived the Marty Robbins song.

      "My Woman, My Woman, My Wife"

      Hands that are strong but wrinkled

      Doing work that never gets done

      Hair, that's lost some of the beauty

      By too many hours in the sun

      Eyes, that show some disappointment

      And there's been quite a lot in her life

      She's the foundation I lean on

      My woman, my woman, my wife

      Everyday has been uphill

      Oh, we climb but we can't reach the top

      I'm weak and I'm easily discouraged

      She just smiles when I want to stop

      Lips, that are weary but tender

      With love, that strengthens my life

      A saint, in a dress made of gingham

      My woman, my woman, my wife

      Two little babies were born in the spring

      But died when the winter was new

      I lost control of my mind and my soul

      But my woman's faith carried us through

      When she reaches that river

      Lord, you know what she's worth

      Give her that mansion up yonder

      'Cause she's been through hell here on earth

      Blessings and hugs Dear Friend

      Lord, give her my share of Heaven

      If I've earned any here in this life

      'Cause God, I believe she deserves it

      My woman, my woman, my wife

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      Peggy Woods 14 months ago from Houston, Texas

      I absolutely love your first paragraph! Most true heroes are ordinary people who go about their lives in a quiet but important way. That is quite the assortment of songs! Most enjoyable is your listing of towns and cities at the end of these posts with names appropriate to the content of your hubs. Nothing in Texas this time! Ha! Happy to share.